Start The Border Wall Clock: Trump Says U.S. Will Have A Wall in 21 Days…One Way Or The Other

Mainstream media is claiming that President Trump caved to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the federal shutdown by agreeing to end it without border wall funding, but—like many things the fakes news media publicizes—that is not entirely true.

Trump did agree to end the federal shutdown with a pretty major caveat: lawmakers would have 21 days to get him $5.7 billion for a border wall.

Start the border wall clock.

Trump took to Twitter shortly after his Friday announcement to clarify that his opening of the government “was in no way a concession.”

“I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall,” the president said in a tweet. “This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!”

As the Washington Examiner reports, Trump wrote the tweet in response to people online questioning whether he caved to Democratic demands:

Trump said in a tweet Friday that he feels his words have been misunderstood as the stalemate to reopen the government comes to an end, at least temporarily.

The hashtag “#TrumpCaved” trended on Twitter on Friday following the president’s announcement, a day after he proclaimed “We will not Cave!” on the social media site.

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So how did we get here?

Last week, Trump agreed to meet all Democratic demands in a bill which would include border wall funding — Democrats rejected it.

For more than a month, House Speak Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues said they would not support a wall but pleaded that the federal government should be reopened before they could negotiate border security funding.

Now, the president is calling them on their bluff and agreed to reopen the government for three weeks as a political gamble that is mostly win-win for him.

He’s shown already that Democrats could literally be offered anything and they won’t take it and, by reopening the government, he is putting pressure on them to come up with border wall funding or sit idly by and let Trump authorize its construction with a national emrgency.

Should lawmakers pass the border wall money, then Trump, his supporters across the country, and border protection officials win. If lawmakers like Pelosi continue to hold out, then Trump will declare a national emergency and get the funding himself.

Trump is showing time after time that the shutdown is owned by Democrats who continue to refuse border wall funding.

Also from the Washington Examiner:

After agreeing to reopen the government without Mexico border wall funds, President Trump said Friday that he will “obviously” declare a national emergency if there’s no deal to fund the project.

Trump used more definitive language on the prospect of a national emergency during an afternoon meeting with Hispanic pastors than he had during an earlier scripted Rose Garden address, in which he announced a temporary end to the 35-day spending fight.

“We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do a — obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room.

Politico added:

It’s unclear whether divided lawmakers will be able to reach an agreement in the coming weeks that can satisfy the president’s demands for a wall. In his Friday speech, Trump threatened to declare a national emergency if the negotiations fail.

“As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative, but I didn’t want to use it at this time,” Trump said. “Hopefully it will be unnecessary.”

After two Republican-led efforts to pay federal workers amid the government shutdown were rejected by Democrats, Trump also reopened the government to pay these workers.

In other words, after Democrats stopped Republicans twice, Trump greenlit the bills anyway.